WEN Class-Action Suit Receives Preliminary Settlement Approval

Continuing the saga I recently addressed about Chaz Dean's WEN Hair Care Products lawsuit, it looks like there has been some traction for the thousands of women who experienced adverse side effects from loyal use of the line of five-in-one shampoos. A federal judge in Los Angeles, where the consolidated class-action suit has been heard,...

Are Meritor WABCO Air Brake Modulator Valves Dangerous?

This past Friday, a wrongful death suit was filed in Alabama on behalf of Jordan Mays Matson. Ms. Matson lost her life October 20, 2015 in a collision with an 18-wheeler. What makes this lawsuit different from a typical 18-wheeler wrongful death suit is that in addition to the truck driver and trucking company, a...

Johnson & Johnson Loses Third Talcum-Powder Cancer Trial, Pays Out $70 Million

Last week on Thursday, October 27, multinational conglomerate Johnson & Johnson lost its third consecutive trial with respect to its allegedly-carcinogenic talcum powder products. After three long hours of deliberations, a jury awarded the plaintiff the sizable sum of $70 million, the third such award granted to a plaintiff in these proceedings. Specifics of the...

Space Inflamers: Defective Space Heaters Can Cause Fires and Injury

When temperatures plunge, many search for a cost-effective alternative to turning on the central heating system: space heaters. Small, localized sources of heat that give you the warmth you're looking for without wasting the energy it takes to heat parts of your home you're not occupying. With a variety of colors and styles to choose...

McDonald’s Recalls Step-It Fitness Wristbands after Reports of Wrist Irritation

In mid-August, McDonald's Inc. announced a recall of its Step-It Fitness Tracker Happy Meal toys. Encouraged by the burgeoning market of fitness wearables like the FitBit health tracker, as well as "smart" wearables like the Apple Watch, the wristband-like wearable device functioned as a pedometer, ostensibly to encourage physical activity among its young wearers. No...

Hyundai Recalls Sonata for Ejecting Sunroof

In what had to be an embarrassing press release, Hyundai Motors announced the recall of certain 2015 and 2016 Sonata models with panoramic sunroofs. An estimated 62,811 "potentially affected" vehicles are believed to on the road at this time. It appears the affected Sonatas have problems keeping the sunroofs' tempered glass sheets secured to the...

We All Scream: Cookie-Dough Supplier Behind Latest Blue Bell Recall

As of late September another recall has joined the list of recalled Blue Bell products, but this one appears to be related to their partner supplier Aspen Hills, Inc., who made the tainted cookie dough included in the newly recalled products. What does this mean for people who may have been exposed to potentially tainted...

Musnuff v. Haeger: Large Companies Hiding Evidence

One of the less discussed cases on the 2016 Supreme Court docket is Musnuff v. Haeger. The case is fascinating on a couple of levels. First, it is more confirmation that in civil litigation, large defendants and their attorneys will often go to great lengths to hide and obscure vital, potentially damaging evidence. Secondly, the...

It’s All in the Hips: Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements and the Law

Medical science rose in part from a need and desire to combat and cure human frailty, and has made tremendous strides toward its effective treatment. For instance, many companies have devoted considerable resources to the creation of prosthetic devices and orthopedic implants to replace failing joints. One often-replaced area is the ball-and-socket joint system that...